The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) has added a new pilot-scale water treatment technology to itsTechnology Demonstration Facility. The fluidized bed ion exchange is specifically designed to remove organics to control disinfection by-products. Organics reduction is one of the top requests for pilot testing from drinking water systems. This new equipment will allow WCWC to increase its capacity for pilot testing.
WCWC is currently working on a number of pilot testing projects. These projects are focused on controlling organics and disinfection by-products, iron and manganese, inorganics and coagulation optimization. A detailed report of the results is shared with the client and a summary report is added to WCWC’s Drinking Water Resource Library, a free online portal that assists operators in finding information on various drinking water topics.
Along with the fluidized bed ion exchange, other WCWC pilot-scale water treatment equipment can be tested using a community’s raw water either at WCWC or installed at a community’s water treatment plant. WCWC’s pilot-scale treatment equipment includes conventional treatment, dissolved air flotation, ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, nanofiltration, slow sand filtration, ozone and advanced oxidation processes, greensand filters, cartridge filters, and ultraviolet light disinfection.